The Taiwan Relations Act gives the United States an important legal commitment to this vibrant democracy. The U.S. provides tangible security and stability to the Taiwan Straits which helps Taiwan interact with China on its own terms.
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The United States is the provider of both tangi¬ble security and political stability to the Taiwan Strait.
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America's Commitment to the Pacific
Previous editions of this product have illustrated America’s resident power status in Asia and the continuing, critical importance of its commitment to leadership there. They have sought to demonstrate in graphic fashion what is at stake for the U.S. from the economy to security to human liberty.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a central piece of legislation for Congress each year. Not only has the NDAA been passed 53 years in a row, it is one of the last remaining bills that enjoys true bipartisan consensus. The annual legislation has been able to rise above the political fray in part because Congress understands the critical need to set defense…
In 2001, President George W. Bush’s Administration agreed to a major arms sale to Taiwan. Approved for sale to Taipei were anti-submarine warfare aircraft, anti-ship missiles, self-propelled howitzers, minesweepers, and destroyers. The United States also agreed to help Taiwan obtain new diesel-electric submarines, to modernize the island’s underwater forces. At the time,…
Often overlooked in the tumult of Washington’s foreign policy debates is the remarkable consistency of U.S. foreign and trade policies over time. This is due to one immutable factor: American national interests. When U.S. policy moves away from our national interest, not only does it cease to serve its…
With geopolitical tensions increasing throughout East Asia, the United States has sorely neglected a key strategic partner: Taiwan. Its per capita GDP of roughly $39,000, as measured in purchasing power parity ($21,000 at current exchange rates), makes Taiwan one of the richest countries in Asia. Yet it has been largely left out of the rapid integration that has long…
Successive American presidential Administrations, guided by the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, have recognized that a Taiwan that is free to make its own decisions, free from coercion by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), is in the vital national security interest of the United States. The Taiwan Relations Act, in fact, is explicit about the connection between Taiwan’s…
On a Moscow train platform, two men smoke and swap rumors in the frozen evening air.
“I hear they've raised the...…
The House Foreign Affairs Committee met this week to mark up H. Res. 494, “Affirming the Importance of the Taiwan...…
Taiwan’s security is inextricably linked to the sea. Indeed, the island’s economic livelihood, as well as its national security, requires that Taipei secure the surrounding waters and have access to global sea-lanes. Consequently, Taiwan’s ability to field a modern navy is an essential element of its security strategy. The Taiwan Strait is a key international waterway,…
This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal’s Index of Economic Freedom. It...…
Washington prepares for the April 29 arrival of China's heir
apparent, Vice President Hu Jintao, the depth of misinformation
that beclouds relations with China should encourage policymakers to
refresh their understandings of basic documents and principles that
guide U.S. policy toward Taiwan so that no statements can be taken
out of context or assigned a broader…
Fareed Zakaria's Nov. 24 op-ed, "Lifeline from Beijing,"
included a number of popular misconceptions. To dispel the first:
China did not become our largest foreign creditor in September; it
became the largest holder of Treasury bonds. China has been the
largest holder of U.S. public debt for several years. In September,
it merely switched from agency debt to…
The year 2008 marked the 30th anniversary of the beginning of
market reforms in China -- and perhaps the third anniversary of
their ending. Since the present Chinese leadership took power,
market-oriented liberalization has been minor. And as such policies
have wound down, they have been supplanted by renewed state
intervention: price controls, the reversal of…
The Pentagon's fifth
annual "Report on the Military Power of the People's Republic of
was sent to Congress this week. Even more than its predecessors,
this year's report is unsettling, with myriad disturbing
revelations: the military balance across the Taiwan Strait has now
tipped in China's favor; China's military doctrine appears to view
Taiwan as a…
On June 15 members
of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will gather for
their annual meeting at the birthplace of this Eurasian
bloc-Shanghai. Since its modest economic beginnings in 2001, when
it facilitated China's return into its Central Asian backyard for
the first time in almost 1,000 years, the SCO has become a Eurasian
powerhouse with an…
As I write this column, my plane is taking off from Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport to bring me back home. It was a special visit to Taiwan - one that helped put many earlier visits into a larger perspective. My first visit to Taiwan occurred 40 years ago. The changes since then have been remarkable. When I first visited, U.S. foreign aid was still a mainstay of…
Preserving and promoting the US’ legal obligation to provide for Taiwan’s self-defense needs is a tricky business. Every sale — particularly the biggest — must wind its way through a complex maze of US and Taiwanese party politics, bureaucracies, legislators and media.
Often, the US and Taiwan are not aligned internally, let alone with one another.
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Introduction: A New View of America's "Near West"
At The Heritage Foundation’s annual B. C. Lee Lecture this year, the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs summed up perfectly America’s destiny as regards Asia: It is America’s “Near…
The Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) has recommended that criminal charges be filed against Filipino coast guard personnel involved in an incident that sparked a major dispute between the Philippines and Taiwan last month.
On May 9, a Taiwanese fisherman, Hung Shih-cheng, was shot and killed by Filipino authorities when his fishing boat and a…
There has been a growing undercurrent of discussion in Taiwan over whether it should proceed with its long-standing request for purchase of F-16C/Ds or seek F-35s instead.
Taiwan’s official position is that it needs new fighters that are more advanced than the upgraded F-16A/Bs currently in the pipeline. The Taiwan media’s focus on the F-35, however, belies political…
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the addition of Taiwan to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Taiwanese citizens will now be eligible to travel to the U.S. for up to 90 days visa-free.
However, key U.S. allies and friends—such as Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, and Croatia—continue to be left waiting to join the VWP. These delays make little sense given…
After several years of being relatively quiet, it would appear that the Taiwan Straits may be on the verge of becoming...…
A growing economic relationship between Taiwan and India would be a very positive development in Taiwan’s effort to...…
as early as possible,” said Mignonne Man-Jung Chan, former senior adviser to the President on Taiwan,…
The Japanese press today announced that Tokyo and Taipei had reached an accord on fishing rights around the disputed...…
Fostering the U.S.-Taiwan relationship is vital to U.S. relations with many of its allies in the Asia-Pacific region...…
The often overlooked relationship between the United States and Taiwan has never been more important. Effective...…
Last Friday’s event at The Heritage Foundation, “Shoring Up the U.S.–Taiwan Partnership,” featured a statement by...…
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Founder, Chairman of the Asian Studies Center, and Chung Ju-yung Fellow
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